MCQUEEN MARK II: Alongside the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibit, London’s Tate Britain is also paying homage to the late designer. Tuesday saw the opening of “Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process” at the gallery, which showcases more than 130 photographs by Waplington that chart McQueen’s process of creating his fall 2009 collection, “The Horn of Plenty.”
Waplington’s images chronicle what the gallery describes as McQueen’s “intense and theatrical working process,” following the collection from the designer’s first sketches to the Paris runway show. Waplington, whose subjects have in the past run from families living in the West Bank to the British post-punk movement, has contrasted the images from McQueen’s studio with images from landfill sites shot around east London, where both he and the designer lived, highlighting what the gallery called the “raw and unpolished side of the fashion world.” Before McQueen’s death in 2010, he and Waplington had together created a photo book of the images, called “Alexander McQueen: Working Process,” which was published by Damiani in 2013. The exhibition runs until May 17.